Roebling Bridge reopens after officials investigate unattended package

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The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge has reopened after officials investigated an unattended package left on the bridge.

Kenton County dispatchers said the bridge was shut down just after 4:30 p.m. due to a package left unattended. This is the third time the bridge has been closed for investigation in the last week.

Police said this time a passerby reported a suspicious bag they spotted in the roadway portion of the bridge; Investigators determined the bag just contained bedding and the bridge was reopened to both vehicle and foot traffic.

Investigators first responded to the bridge early Wednesday morning after receiving a 911 call from a man threatening to shoot police and put pipe bombs on the bridge. That threat was deemed not credible.

The bridge was shut down again Sunday morning as Bengals fans tailgated nearby due to another bomb threat.

When it comes to false reports, communications consultant Fred Posner said technology has made it difficult to track down culprits. Posner said these reports continue to become more prevalent because there is a lack of repercussions.

“There’s absolutely no ramifications when someone does this,” he said. “Even if law enforcement gets to find out who it is and that is an extremely exhaustive amount of work for law enforcement to do. Nothing happens.”

The Louisville FBI office is leading an investigation into the threats. In a statement, Louisville FBI said in part, “We appreciate everyone’s patience during the incident and continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and immediately report all suspicious activity to law enforcement.”

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